Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) (Song)

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"Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)"
Single by Loretta Lynn
from the album Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)
B-side "Saint to a Sinner"
Released November 1966
Format 7"
Recorded 1966
Genre Country
Length 2:26
Label Decca 32900
Writer(s) Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue
Producer(s) Owen Bradley
Loretta Lynn singles chronology
"A Man I Hardly Know"
"Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)"
"Sweet Thang" (w/ Ernest Tubb)

"Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" is a country music song, made famous by Country music singer Loretta Lynn in early 1967. The song was Loretta Lynn's first number-one hit country hit.[1] It is one her best known songs.

About the song[edit]

One of Loretta Lynn's best-known compositions, "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin" is about an angry wife who is fed up with her husband coming home late every night very drunk and wanting to have sex. The song was based on Lynn's personal life; her husband is known to have been a heavy drinker. The song was the first of many controversial songs sung by Lynn, notably 1972's "Rated X" and 1975's "The Pill". The song was considered very controversial for the time, but was ultimately quite popular. An album of the same name was released following the song's success, which also rose to the top of the charts.

Released in late 1966, "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'" didn't reach the top spot until February 11, 1967, overtaking Jack Greene's No. 1 hit from late 1966, "There Goes My Everything". The song was the first of 16 No. 1 Country hits Lynn would have over the course of her career. The song set the standard for Lynn's biggest success to come in the early 1970s. Thanks in part to the success of this hit, Lynn became the first female Country entertainer to win the CMA Awards' "Female Vocalist of the Year" award in late 1967.

In 2003, "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'" placed at No. 47 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1966–1967) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1

Cover versions[edit]

Preceded by
"There Goes My Everything"
by Jack Greene
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

February 11-February 18, 1967
Succeeded by
"Where Does the Good Times Go"
by Buck Owens


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 209.